Editor’s note: The Chico Library closed because of the pandemic before articles dating back 25, 50 and 100 years ago could be retrieved.
75 YEARS AGO
Chico State Students Wear Pioneer Garb in Preparation For Big Celebration Saturday
No jeans, but more feminine garb in preparation for the Pioneer Day celebration Saturday, adorn women students at Chico State college this week, while the men have taken to bright plaid shirts and their beloved levi’s.
Bau Brummer of the campus is James “Lucky” Lickinbill, Pioneer Day chairman, who sports striped trousers, a fancy embroidered vest over a white shirt and bowtie, frock coat and high silk hat.
Little Nell Jeane Wageman is wearing an old-fashioned, white ruffled blouse with a green-and-white striped seersucker skirt, long and full. Her Girl Rangers, designated by official silver stars, are attired in white culottes, white or plaid shirts and western hats.
Elaborate gowns, reminiscent of the gold rush days, and huge plumed hats are seen on many coeds. Most eye-catching is the outfit worn by Ara Beers, including a pink print dress with long sleeves and ruffled skirt, black lace scarf and cream velveteen hat topped with a huge black feather.
The cowboys and miners of the gay nineties are depicted by the men students in colorful shirts, high-heeled, fancily-trimmed boots, brilliant bandanas and 10-gallon hats and, of course, complete with beards and bowed “laigs.”
Particularly dashing are Veral Orr, whose outfit consists of black trousers, a bright orange and red silk shirt, contrasting scarf and high-crowned sombrero, and Tony Santos, whose red and blue silk shirt only draws more attention to his fancy boots and clanking spurs.
Members of the posse, recognized also by silver stars, are keeping close watch over Little Nell and foiled an attempt by the unknown bandits late yesterday to kidnap the heroine of the wild-west celebration. Sheriff Calvin White, conspicuous if only because of his red beard, declares himself ready and willing to meet all such attempts.
— Chico Daily Enterprise, May 8, 1945